Norrmalm [nɔrˈmalm], also known as City, is the central borough of Stockholm, bordering to Östermalm to the east at Birger Jarlsgatan, the Old Town to the south, Kungsholmen to the south-west, and Vasastan north-west of Tegnérgatan. The small Skeppsholmen island can be reached across a bridge.
A Grand Old Hotel considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Scandinavia, overlooking the Royal Palace. A bastion of elite hospitality, this is where the top level celebrities and political leaders stay, in fact room No 702 is the astounding Nobel Room, where the literature prize winners stay overnight. Its old world luxury and sense of style is well maintained in every room, with some in the Royal Gustavian style, others are intriguing traditional/modern mixes. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The best rooms overlook the water, although these are highly sought after and invariably are booked out. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the Cadier Bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent Swedish ''smörgåsbord'', one of the very few establishments in Scandinavia that still does so. Even if you aren't staying here, its an experience to check out the piano bar, a delightful end-of-the-evening place to get a sophisticated drink.
Close to the Sergels Torg square, and one of the few buildings in the district to survive the 1960s redevelopment, this large redbrick church was built in the 16th century, following the demolition of a 13th-century nunnery. The 116-metre steeple is the second tallest in Scandinavia and one of the ten tallest buildings in Sweden, making it a significant landmark. The artwork inside includes an 18th-century altarpiece. In the cemetery, a stone commemorates the 18th-century songwriter Carl Michael Bellman. As of 2013, a building between the church and Vasagatan has been torn down, temporarily making the church visible from the Central Station, until obscured by a newly built hotel.
Stepping into the Nordic Light hotel, you're given a lesson in modern Scandinavian design. Displaying a minimalist yet well equipped decor, this hotel is as chic as it gets. Each room features individual, specially designed light exhibits, which guests can adjust to suit their mood, and several have excellent views over the city centre. Light is showcased throughout the hotel in an ever-changing variety of shapes, colours and intensities. The hotel is located in the city centre of Stockholm right next to the best shopping, nightlife and the express-train to Arlanda airport.
In the building of the Royal Opera, Café Opera has for long been ''the'' place if you want to be seen with celebrities. Offers good food and drinks. Dress code applies, entrance fee 220 SEK. In the same building you'll find a beautiful dining room of the formal and extremely expensive [http://www.operakallaren.se Operakällaren]. If you want a less costly option, consider the other two restaurants at the Opera: Operabaren and Backfickan (see Mid-range above). Mains: Café Opera 195-325 SEK, Operakällaren 210-450 SEK.
Stockholm's museum of modern art is headed by Lars Nittve, formerly of London's Tate Modern. These museums have several works by famous artists - Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí and Irving Penn, an American photographer. Although its Stockholm counterpart might not have as vast a collection, there is still enough to satisfy both the modern art buff as well as the curious amateur. Also, the building, by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, is a sight in itself. Admission 80 SEK (60 SEK reduced price).
Adolf Fredrik's church, named by King Adolf Fredrik, was built in 1768-1774. The exterior is quite intact, while the interior was radically changed in the 1890s. In the church, there is a monument to the philosopher René Descartes, who spent his last years in Stockholm tutoring Queen Christina, until dying of pneumonia. The church is known for the grave of Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated in 1986. The grave can be found just to the south of the church building.
A classical bath-house in one of Stockholm's most beautiful ''art nouveau'' buildings, this is a place where you can go for a swim, have a beer in the sauna bar or enjoy a full spa treatment. Rather expensive and sometimes crowded on weekends. Adults 130 SEK (Friday after 15:00 and all day Saturday 180 SEK), includes entrance to pool, jacuzzi, gym and saunas. University students and seniors 70 SEK Sun-Fri until 15:00. Most spa treatments 350-700 SEK.
A classical department store founded in 1882. Greta Garbo used to work here, and Lenin bought his suit here en route to the Russian revolution. Following something of an identity crisis in recent years, PUB is currently undergoing a major redesign, with the intention of rebranding itself as a store for young fashion and popular culture. A few new street wear shops on the ground floor is a sign of this.
Olofsgatan 1 (''T Hötorget''), +46 8 411 51 50. Open M-F 11:00-19:00, Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 12:00-16:00. Götgatan 21 (''T Slussen''), +46 8 642 17 72, . Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 12:00-17:00. Three stores (the Drottninggatan one being the largest) with a focus on young fashion and street wear. Large assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which, surprisingly, is rather cheap.
A chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants. The restaurants are spacious and have a trendy decor. The service is based on automatic signal devices (no table service) and is very fast - getting your order ready usually takes about five minutes from when you walk in. Try the burritos, that's what the chain is known for. Five restaurants in Stockholm and four elsewhere in Sweden.
Berns Bar is one of the trendier hangouts in the city centre, with a nice lounge and several dancefloors. You can eat a late dinner here to avoid the high entrance fee. Otherwise, make sure to show up early (before 23:00) in order to get in with minimal hassle. 300 SEK entrance and mixed drinks costing as much as 150 SEK. Can be overcrowded late at night.
This institution was founded in 1773, in an 1898 building, stages classical operas in original language or Swedish, as well as classical ballets and concerts. They offer daily guided tours in English. Strömterrassen is a café with an astounding view of the Royal Palace. Within the same building is ''Operakällaren'' and ''Café Opera'' (see below).
Kulturhuset, a 1970s concrete building in the middle of the modernist city centre, is operated by the city, and a venue for art exhibitions and performances. The building also houses the Stockholm City Theatre, a library (with a comic book department) and a teen activity centre. On ground level there is an Internet café.
This hotel opened in spring 2016. Since it is integrated with Stockholm's new commuter rail station, which opens in 2017, parts of the building are still under construction. The 392 rooms have access to gym and sauna. Public areas include a restaurant, a lobby bar, and a terrace bar with an astounding view of Stockholm.
Stockholm's busiest city square. The black-and-wine Harlequin concrete floor was laid in the 1960s, and while the design remains controversial, and the place used to have bad reputation for drug-dealing and violence, it attracts thousands of people daily for meet-ups, political demonstrations, flash mobs and retailing.
A plaque in the pavement marks Sweden's most infamous crime scene. On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot down here. Though thirty years of investigation, no one has been convicted for the murder. The street nearby was renamed Olof Palmes gata to commemorate the victim.
Minimum 20 years of age, photo ID required. Dress code recommended. If you find yourself longing for an international casino, the Swedish state has heard your needs. In 2003 Stockholm's first and only casino was opened, drawing a rather diverse crowd. There is a restaurant in the casino as well.
An Asian restaurant located at the very centre of Stockholm, on the ground floor of the culture house Kulturhuset. The location is easily found in central Stockholm. Serves a mixture of cuisine from various Asian countries, including Japan, Korea and Thailand. 100 SEK to 140 SEK.
Vasagatan. The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm boasts an enviable location next to Central Station and the Arlanda Express train. Within a 15-minute walk of the Old Town and near popular areas for shopping, its amenities include free internet and health centre.
The stylish F12 (short for the centrally located address) is regarded as one of the best fine dining experiences in Stockholm by most critics, including White Guide, the most ambitious Swedish restaurant guide. Mains 270-520 SEK, 7-course tasting menus 1095 SEK.
The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is a five-star hotel in Stockholm's central business district, perfect for both business and leisure guests. The hotel offers stunning views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Old Town, as well as the largest average room size in town.
Free entrance. Currently holds several works from Nationalmuseum. At the same address you can find [http://www.gallerimagnuskarlsson.com/ Galleri Magnus Karlsson] (Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-16:00), a small, local gallery showcasing local artworks.
A high-end shopping mall opened in 2012, with prestige brands, contemporary art, a spa, and tree houses (!), as well as, on the practical side, free toilets that they unashamedly advertise - and rightly so, as the ones in competing establishments aren't.
Stockholm's premier jazz club. Every Saturday, they are the hosts to the long-running club [http://www.clubsoul.net/ Soul] with old soul records that will put most people in a real partying mood (even if they didn't know that they liked old soul music).
Branded as "Stockholm's first contemporary luxury hotel", opened in 2009 in a 19th century building. The building used to be a bank office, known for the 1973 hostage robbery which coined the term ''Stockholm Syndrome''. The lounge is 28 meters tall.
Biblioteksgatan 2 (''T Östermalmstorg''), +46 8 611 88 03, Grev Turegatan 18 (''T Östermalmstorg''), +46 8 545 888 88 and Götgatan 36 (Man) +46 8 615 70 80/Götgatan 23 (Women), +46 8 556 985 85 (''T Slussen''). Everyday fashion with a broad appeal.
A small three-restaurant food court in a central location between the Gallerian shopping center and the NK department store. Fattoush has tasty Lebanese fast food, Roppongi has decent sushi, and Panini offers a selection of sandwiches and salads.
A large department store in a central location, with a good selection of designer clothing brands. Also beauty products, kitchenware, interior design, records and DVDs, as well as everything else you would expect from a major department store.
A full-rigged ship, known as ''Af Chapman'' for short, and an adjacent building, just 15 minutes walk from the central station. You can specify whether you want to stay in the ship or on land, and it really is a spectacular place to stay.
Not the most elevated sky bar in the world, in any sense of the word, but if you want a panoramic view to go with your drink this is the only option in the Norrmalm area (although Gondolen's Bar on Södermalm probably has better drinks).
Stockholm's newest Radisson is a part of the spectacular Waterfront complex between the Central Station and the Town Hall across the water. The more expensive rooms offer unparalleled waterfront views over Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen.
Although the name may be strange the food is not. The Gooh! concept is quality microwave-ready dishes that you can heat and eat on the premises or take away. They have another restaurant at Norrlandsgatan 15 (''T Östermalmstorg'').
This small café is very popular among students in the northern part of the city. Open until midnight (02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays), with free WiFi, comfortable chairs and a nice assortment of tea, cakes and sandwiches.
The bar is made of ice. Entrance: 140 SEK, including warm clothes and one drink. Additional drinks 85 SEK. Note that you have to wait a long time before you can get in, because there are only 30 people allowed at a time.
Asian cross-cooking, funky music, and ethnic diversity hardly seen at any other nightclub in central Stockholm. Open until 03:00 every night, but gets crowded, so go there well before midnight. Dress code may apply.
Stockholm's oldest shopping mall, where you can find many of Sweden's major mainstream fashion chains as well as some foreign brands such as Topshop/Topman, French Connection, Esprit and United Colors of Benetton.
One of the trendiest mainstream (house/techno/dance) clubs in Stockholm, and one of the few open until 05:00 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Expect extremely long queues, and rather expensive drinks.
Located inside the Grand Hôtel, this is one of the more upscale places one can find in Stockholm. Recently refurbished it offers a modern yet classic atmosphere and really good drinks at that.
Close to the central station. Clean and friendly, with free wireless internet and computers. Plenty of common areas to meet fellow travellers in, including a great café at reception.
Cheap fashionable clothes for girls. More stores on Götgatan 19 (''T Slussen or T Medborgarplatsen'') and Götgatan 78 (Skrapan) (''T Skanstull or T Medborgarplatsen'') on Södermalm.
Deli market in the basement of the cinema Filmstaden Sergel. Here you can get everything from sushi via meze to Swedish meatballs. Most places offer good value for money.
Classy sushi restaurant with a great view over the water and the old town. There are many cheaper sushi places in Stockholm, but it's worth the price to eat here instead.
A large, mid-range hotel in the northern section of central Stockholm. Approximately 1 km from Central Station, 500 m from Hötorget metro station on the Green Line.
This diner and nightclub has outdoor seats, and a lively club on Mondays with live music performances, where showbiz and nightlife workers celebrate their day off.
Inaugurated in 1870. Nearby is the '''Raoul Wallenberg Monument''' dedicated to the Swedish diplomat who saved some 10.000 Jews in Budapest during World War II.
Food court in the basement with a wide variety of ethnic foods, across the street from Hötorget. Mostly good value. Prices around 60-120 SEK (dinner).
Vegetarian restaurant with different types of salads (large servings), sandwiches (not that large) and a variety of coffees, juices and craft beers.
Contains ancient artefacts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, with a distinguished collection from Cyprus, and an Egyptian mummy exhibition.
This 1850s building houses a 1920s cinema designed by the Stockholm Public Library architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. A beautiful and intimate setting.
Traditional Swedish dishes on the more exclusive side, as well as some French bistro classics, all in a very nice setting. Mains 169-299 SEK.
A large low-price electronics and DIY store. One of the cheaper options if you're looking for an electric adapter, a hair dryer or some batteries.
Kulturhuset's 5th floor (''T T-Centralen''). A large café with large windows and a nice open terrace overlooking the lively Sergels torg.
Duka is a Swedish chain selling both cheaper household items and a limited selection of glassware in several tores in central Stockholm.
Founded in 1912, previously owned by the Swedish Freemason Order, this waterfront hotel is a prominent example of Swedish architecture.
This beautiful building is closed down for repairs, expected to open in 2017. The museum has a temporary exhibition at Fredsgatan 12.
Is not just a three-floor nightclub with a karaoke bar, but also a stage for dinner shows with pop music. Guests of all ages.
A 200-year old stage restaurant which has hosted world-renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Rod Stewart.
A gallery with dioramas of contemporary international toys, such as Barbie, Disney, Star Wars, Playmobil and McDonald's.
South Asian style: interior design and clothes. and Another store at Västerlånggatan 50 (''T Gamla Stan''), Gamla stan.
A small vodka bar with a ''schlager'' (Eurovision Song Contest) playlist, regularly visited by gay men and opera fans.
A large, upmarket department store opened in 1915. Well known for its elaborate Christmas display window decorations.
A design store specializing in smaller items, ranging from the beautiful to the useful to the downright eccentric.
Stockholm's largest bookstore, with a large selection of books in English as well as many international magazines.
A well-renowned auction house for high-end art and antiquities, many of them on public display during daytime.
Nordiska Kristall is a high-end shop for crystal design glass. The Kungsgatan store has an art-glass gallery.
A small store for alternative youth fashion (rock, punk, hip-hop), simple accessories, and novelty T-shirts.
Discount bookstore with a general selection, across the street from the Akademibokhandeln listed above.
An ''art nouveau'' playhouse opened in 1906, which usually stages Swedish and international musicals.
The home stage of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the place of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony.
Formerly a naval church, this is today a concert hall, mainly used by the many choirs in Stockholm.
There is one English-style pub in the Bishop's arms chain close to the Central station.
Laid-back minimalistic designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting details.
A five-star hotel, and a terrace bar with view of the Palace and the National Museum.
A century-old store for party supplies, costume rental, and practical joke devices.
Branded as a "design hotel", with bold architecture and timeless furnishings.
At the Skeppsholmen waterfront, combines central location with seclusion.
A museum of antiquities, many of them owned by Swedish royals and nobles.
Dedicated to ''fin de siècle'' writer August Strindberg. Closed Monday.
Boasts a broad assortment of Belgian beer. Offers beer tasting events.
Flagship store for two of Sweden's most well-known glassware.
Hamburgers Swedish style. Free Wi-Fi, toilets and coffee.
For most of its history, Norrmalm was a suburb of Stockholm proper; Gamla Stan. Norrmalm was originally divided by a north-south ridge, Brunkebergsåsen, which remains in form of the elevated streets Malmskillnadsgatan [ˈmalmˌʃɪlnadzˈgɑːtan] and Regeringsgatan. The Central Station opened in 1871, and industries and working-class homes grew along the railway. Southern Norrmalm became a central business district, known as City, through two major redevelopments: first in the 1880s, and again in the 1960s. Since the 1990s, a new wave of renovation is under way, to add residential blocks, decrease crime, and increase appeal to pedestrians.
Skeppsholmen was a base for the Swedish Navy until the mid-20th century, most buildings are still owned by the government, transformed into museums or other venues. Very few people live on the island today.
A political centre, Norrmalm has been the stage of many historical events. Three major assassinations (King Gustavus III in 1792, Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986, and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003) have happened here, as well as a hostage crisis at Norrmalmstorg in 1973, which coined the term Stockholm Syndrome. The name City is said to be derived from City of London, as Swedish people interpreted the English word city as central district.